View Full Version : some cool wildlife pics

05-01-2009, 10:07 PM
squirel flexin
http://img148.imageshack.us/img148/5407/img0211pdu.th.jpg (http://img148.imageshack.us/my.php?image=img0211pdu.jpg)
my mom gettin dive bombed by pigeons
http://img148.imageshack.us/img148/9776/img0508.th.jpg (http://img148.imageshack.us/my.php?image=img0508.jpg)
bald eagle finishin off a king salmon
http://img148.imageshack.us/img148/9826/sany0034i.th.jpg (http://img148.imageshack.us/my.php?image=sany0034i.jpg)
mama n baby grizzlies
http://img148.imageshack.us/img148/5514/sany0129.th.jpg (http://img148.imageshack.us/my.php?image=sany0129.jpg)
http://img148.imageshack.us/img148/5683/sany0053.th.jpg (http://img148.imageshack.us/my.php?image=sany0053.jpg)


05-02-2009, 04:56 AM
Gotta love "Flexing Squirrels." ;D

05-04-2009, 10:45 PM
fat fish - Really liked the look of the one of your Mom with the birds so I took a couple clicks to bring up the full sized image. *Much to my dismay I found someone elses camera was "growing" out of her nose and a bit of hand out of her mouth.

This is a excellent candidate for a clone tool fix. *The clone tool in a edit program lets you pick up a brush load of pixels from a donor area and then drop them over pixels that need to be hidden. *Took me about 10 minutes to produce this sample. *Have you tried editing to enhance or resize your photos?


05-05-2009, 04:41 AM
That is pretty cool. I've got to play with my pics and learn some of these techniques! :)

05-05-2009, 02:26 PM
Hey YakMotor, I was wondering what program you use for editing. Do you buy it or is it a free download? I have tried fiddling with my pics and manage to accomplish some things only to find out that when I post them, they are back like they were before :-/ One of the main things I try to do is zooming in to a particular part of the picture. I get it exactly the way I want it, but can't seem to save it like that.

05-05-2009, 11:26 PM
that's hilarious yak...thanks...i'll just make sure she never sees those close ups...lol. will you pm me the name of the program u use?


05-06-2009, 07:57 PM
I use Photoshop CS3. *It's an expensive pro level program. *I grew-up at my past job with Photoshop and eventually got it for my home PC. *Version CS4 is out now, but I don't plan to upgrade. *I was a happy Photoshop version 7 for many years and the step up to CS3 has only given me a couple useful (for my edit needs) new features. *My use of Photoshop barely skims the surface of it's vast capabilities. *Newer is NOT always better. *My experience has shown that it's better to stick with and learn one program or version thoroughly than to change often and have to spend time getting new features and procedures figured out.

I bought a slide/film scanner a couple years ago bundled with Photoshop Elements v4. *I installed and tried it out. *Elements is Adobe's everyday people's photo editor and what I learned was that most all the important major tools and editing features of Photoshop PRO are there but hidden in menu system I wasn't used to.

Elements did lack one feature important to me called "Actions." * It lets you program and save a series of steps or commands that perform the desired action. *The most useful one I have automatically draws the dual black/white line frame around my pics and then drops in my "YakMotor Photo" credit line. *Took awhile for me to get it programmed correctly, but now one mouse click does it all. *Because the credit line is on a layer separate above the picture I adjust text brightness and opacity as a last step before saving the edited image.

As I recall Elements had some features not in the pro version like red eye fix, fancy frames, and stuff like that. *I found an article that better explains the differences here:

Adobe is not the only way to go for a high quality editor. *Paint Shop Pro was an editor I used a lot before I got Photoshop at home. *Back then it was a solid basic program that performed well. *Now, taken over by Corel (HUGE name in graphic software over the years), it has tools and features that rival Photoshop pro versions. *Out of curiosity over a specific feature I'd read about I downloaded the trial and messed with it for awhile. *Pretty impressive, but I have a lot of time invested in learning Photoshop. *PSP sells at Corel's site for about $99, but I've seen specials on it elsewhere for less.

Microsoft probably has a good one tho I've never tried or heard much about it. *

For FREE I suggest FastStone Viewer which has a good set of basic edit and enhancement features. *I use it frequently for features like it's versatile side by side image comparison viewer and also for display of camera EXIF data. *EXIF data is info like date and time a shot was taken along with a lot of techy info like shutter speed, zoom setting, if flash was used, ISO setting, etc. all recorded behind the scenes by the digital camera for each shot taken. *As a side note I'll mention I paid, by donation at the time, for FastStone's screen Capture, THE BEST program for grabbing notes direct from your screen and in MHO a best buy bargain. *Just noticed the (still FREE) VIEWER has a recent update which is typical of FastStone as they are constantly improving on their software.

Also, I've many times seen IrfanView recommended. *I don't have any recent experience with it but after checking out this site I'm going to investigate it's animated GIF capabilities.

Know this is a bit more that you guys asked for, but I feel brimming with hopefully useful stuff. :D

05-06-2009, 09:24 PM
Thanks YakMotor! You managed to not only answer my question, but other questions I didn't know to ask. I'm thankful we have people like you and Z to run this board. [smiley=thumbsup.gif]